Eureka employs a 3 part strategy to solve word problems which students will use on the application problems. The 3 part strategy is Read, Draw, Write - or RDW.
The best thing about it is that it always seems to intrigue my non-readers the most, and when I start reading all of the ridiculous words, they are SOLD! The students always ask to read it on their own and to have me read it again to them. There is nothing better than showing students that books can be nothing but pure joy.
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I know that I’ve had parents ask me what types of gifts I would like to receive, but it just seems, well rude to put in requests for things. Even though, as a gift giver myself, I always ask the intended recipient what they would like and honestly, I become a bit annoyed when they are vague or say nothing. Hmm… I’m going to have to consider that.
As I was perusing the internet today, I came across some things that I think would be EXCELLENT gifts, so I’ve decided to write them down so that when a parent asks me in the future, I’ll always have a suggestion. The items below contain affiliate links, but all of these items are things I truly would like to have!
Personalized office supply products. For example:
I hope this helps those of you searching for gifts for your classroom teachers, but remember, the best gift is a student who is ready to learn every day!
When began teaching, I was overwhelmed to say the least.
No one could really tell me what I should be teaching aside from providing me with a list of standards, which are helpful, but are not completely clear about how the content should be taught
“We also have the entire Lucy Calkins writing program that you’ll need to check out from the professional development library, and of course you’ll need the social studies and science teacher’s manuals as well - but those are spread out in various locations and some are in bins - just see what you can find - don’t worry - we’ll be here for you”.
I never saw my mentor again unless I was having a performance evaluation.
I learned that to prepare I needed to read each lesson, digest all the material, review all the tips and tricks and notes about how to differentiate the content based on the types of learners that are in the classroom, and I had to do this for each subject daily. The fact was, I simply did not have the time. I needed to know what I was supposed to be teaching and I did not have time to write lesson plans for 4 or more subjects every day.
Unfortunately, my story is not unique. My story is not even unusual. My story is the same story thousands of teachers tell about their initiation into teaching and their first experiences working with students. I was exhausted and beaten, and I had not even begun as a certified teacher - I was still working under an emergency substitute certification.
I began to look for resources to alleviate my burden anywhere and everywhere I could find them including books, journals, blogs, YouTube, or anything that I thought might help. I kept looking for something that would help me with the material that I had to teach. Considering that I had a new lesson to present every day in reading, writing and math, I was flabbergasted to learn that no one before me had put together a presentation to help guide the lessons.
I had previously worked as a corporate trainer, and there we worked as a team to create presentations for all the courses that our department offered. Every content area had a presentation that had been researched, prepared, reviewed, tested and was filed in an organized system for anyone to utilize. As the training department constantly had employees leave and enter, the presentations had to be easy to use and easily decipherable so that any trainer could pick up and know where to begin teaching. This was not available for the content I needed to teach.
When I looked at the mountain of reference materials that was given to me, I wondered why these teacher’s manuals did not come with PowerPoint presentations to guide the teachers. In my search for a solution, I came across Teachers Pay Teachers, an online open marketplace where teachers buy materials that are made by other teachers. I located a seller that made presentations for the reading curriculum I used and was quick to purchase them. With those slides, I was able to relax and freely speak about the content because the cues were on the board for me to follow. I had better control of the classroom because I was not referring to a teacher’s manual to see what I would need to do next and could pay attention and engage with the students.
Elementary Teacher/ Doctor of Education/
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